The Steelers traded Cockrell to the Giants in exchange for a conditional draft pick, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports. Cockrell wasn't seeming likely to make the final roster, so it's smart for the Steelers to get something in return, rather than release him. With the Giants, Cockrell will provide depth behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Cockrell, a restricted free agent, signed his contract tender with the Steelers on Monday, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The deal is for one year and will earn Cockrell roughly $1.97 million. The three-year veteran has started 26 games for the Steelers across the past two seasons and will look to defend his spot on the first-team unit throughout the summer considering 2015 second-rounder Senquez Golson is finally back to full health.
Cockrell totaled eight tackles (all solo) in the Steelers' 30-12 wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Pittsburgh's defense held Miami to 159 total yards in the first half to take a 20-6 lead, before Cockrell left to be evaluated for a concussion. He later returned to second-half action, recording three of his eight tackles.
Cockrell was evaluated for a concussion during halftime of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but is expected to return. Cockrell's participation in the second half will be key for the Steelers as the Dolphins figure to attempt plenty of passes as they trail.
Cockrell had four tackles (three solo) in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday. Used almost exclusively on special teams with the Bills two years ago, Cockrell has emerged as a key piece of the Steelers' defense, playing a team-high 98 percent of the snaps this season. He totaled 62 tackles (47 solo) and had one fumble recovery, while leading the team with 14 passes defended.
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